Michael Clarke (cricketer)

Michael Clarke
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Personal information
Full name Michael John Clarke
Born 2 April 1981 (1981-04-02) (age 30)
Liverpool, New South Wales, Australia
Nickname Pup, Clarkey
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Batting style Right-hand
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
Role Batsman, Australian Captain
International information
National side Australia
Test debut (cap 389) 6 October 2004 v India
Last Test 17 November 2011 v South Africa
ODI debut (cap 149) 19 January 2003 v England
Last ODI 28 October 2011 v South Africa
ODI shirt no. 23
Domestic team information
Years Team
2000– New South Wales
2004 Hampshire
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC List A
Matches 74 206 136 271
Runs scored 5,122 6,622 9,482 8,440
Batting average 46.14 45.35 44.93 42.84
100s/50s 16/21 6/49 32/37 7/63
Top score 168 130 201* 130
Balls bowled 1,794 2,314 2,974 3,010
Wickets 23 52 34 77
Bowling average 37.47 37.67 45.58 32.40
5 wickets in innings 1 1 1 1
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 6/9 5/35 6/9 5/35
Catches/stumpings 78/– 80/– 137/– 104/–
Source: Cricinfo, 22 November 2011

Michael John Clarke (born 2 April 1981) is an Australian cricketer. He was appointed captain of the Test and ODI teams on 30 March 2011.[1] Nicknamed 'Pup', he is a right-handed batsman, and occasional left-arm orthodox spin bowler. Clarke was also stand-in captain for the final Test of the 2010–11 Ashes series.



He made his debut for New South Wales as an eighteen-year-old in the 1999–2000 Australian domestic season. Clarke made his One Day International debut in January 2003 against England at Adelaide.

Clarke was chosen to make his Test debut against India at Bangalore, October 2004, despite having a first-class average below 40. He succeeded on debut, scoring 151 and consequently helping Australia to victory, invoking comparisons to past Australian batsmen such as Doug Walters and Mark Waugh. The innings, felt Peter Roebuck, was especially notable for its aggression and freedom. "Not that the assault was reckless," he added. "Indeed the control was impressive. Clarke calculated the risks and took his brains with him down the track. Of course he need [sic] a bit of luck, was plumb in front in the nineties, but few begrudged him his hundred. And everyone except his weary foes celebrated with him and his tearful family when he reached three figures. After all, he had advanced both the match and the game."[2]

Clarke went on to play a major part[citation needed] in Australia's 2–1 series victory, their first in India in over thirty years, contributing figures of 6 for 9 off 6.2 overs in the Fourth Test, which Australia lost.

On his return to Australia he made another debut century, his first home Test in Brisbane against New Zealand, becoming one of the few Test cricketers to have achieved the feat of Test centuries on both their home and away debuts.[citation needed]

In recognition of his performance in the 2004 calendar year, he was awarded the Allan Border Medal in 2005.

Clarke's poor form during the 2005 Ashes series and his failure to score a test century for over a year saw him dropped from the Test team in late 2005. Clarke had previously remarked that one of his career aims was to never be dropped from the Test team. In early 2006, after making his first first-class double century and scoring heavily in ODIs, Clarke was recalled for the tour of South Africa. He was then picked over Andrew Symonds for the April 2006 Tests against Bangladesh. Two consecutive centuries in the second and third Ashes Tests while Shane Watson was injured helped Australia to regain the Ashes and cemented Clarke's position in the Test team.[citation needed]

Clarke then helped Australia retain the 2007 Cricket World Cup in the West Indies where they did not lose a game. After Damien Martyn's retirement he was elevated to number 5 in the batting line up. He had a superb tournament making 4 fifties including a 92 and a 93* against the Netherlands and South Africa. He also made an unbeaten 60 against South Africa in the semi final to guide Australia into the final at Barbados, against Sri Lanka.

Clarke faced only 4 balls for 3 runs in the ICC World Twenty20, when Australia were knocked out by India in the semi final. Two weeks later he made 130 against India in the first of a 7 match ODI series. He did not maintain that form in the remaining 6 matches mustering up just one fifty. He opened the batting in the final 2 games after a hip injury ruled out Matthew Hayden and he made two golden ducks. In the tour-ending Twenty20 match Clarke dropped back down the order with the return of Hayden, and scored 25 not out in a heavy defeat to the current Twenty20 world champions.

On 9 November 2007, Clarke notched up his fifth Test century against Sri Lanka in a two Test series. Clarke shared a 245 run partnership with Mike Hussey at the Gabba in Brisbane, Hussey departed on 133 but Clarke went on and had a partnership with Symonds who made 53*, the pair were unbeaten when Ricky Ponting declared the innings, Clarke top scoring with 145 not out.

On 5 December 2007, Cricket Australia named Clarke as captain of Australia for their one-off Twenty20 game against New Zealand in Perth, after deciding to rest Ponting and Hayden.[3]

Michael Clarke on his way to 99* against England at the Oval in 2010

On 6 January 2008, Clarke dismissed Harbhajan Singh, RP Singh and Ishant Sharma in the second last over of the day, with just 8 minutes remaining, to claim the final three wickets and win the test match for Australia (at one stage he was on a hat trick, dismissing Harbhajan Singh and RP Singh on consecutive deliveries). His innings figures were 3 for 5 in 1.5 overs. Australian captain Ricky Ponting had declared that morning, setting India a total of 333 to chase and allowing Australia arguably too little time to bowl out the visitors. Clarke's wickets ensured that Australia retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 2008 and kept their world record equalling 16 match win streak alive.

After the retirement of Adam Gilchrist, in April 2008 Clarke was named vice-captain of the Australian side.[4] Clarke missed the start of Australia's 2008 tour of the West Indies following the death of Bingle's father, meaning Hussey took over as vice-captain for the start of the tour.[citation needed] Soon after Clarke joined up with the squad, he scored a century in the second Test in Antigua, going on to captain the side in the final two One Day Internationals, both of which were won, in the absence through injury of Ponting.

He was named man of the series in the recent two-Test series against New Zealand in Australia with scores of 110, 98 and 10, as well as being the top run-scorer in the three-Test series against South Africa in Australia.[citation needed]

Clarke won the 2009 Allan Border Medal in a tie with Ricky Ponting both scoring 41 points, and was named Test Cricketer of the Year.

In October 2009, Clarke was named as captain of Australia's Twenty20 side, taking over from the retired Ricky Ponting.

In January 2011, Clarke was named as stand-in captain for the fifth Test of the 2010-11 Ashes Series at the SCG, replacing the injured Ricky Ponting. He announced his retirement from Twenty20 International cricket on 7 January 2011, to concentrate on the longer forms of the game.[5]

Personal life

Clarke was formerly engaged to model Lara Bingle. During the Australian Cricket tour of New Zealand in March 2010, Clarke left the tour to return to Sydney for "personal reasons" after Bingle decided to sue her former lover Brendan Fevola for disseminating naked pictures of her, which ended up in a women's magazine. A couple of days later, it was reported that Clarke had ended his relationship and cancelled his wedding to Lara Bingle. Clarke's management confirmed the couple had decided to terminate their engagement in a late night press conference on 12 March 2010.[6].

Career highlights


  • Clarke's previous highest Test batting score of 151 was made against India on his Test debut in Bangalore, 2004–05.[7] He then made 141 against New Zealand in November 2004 on his debut on home-soil at the Gabba (Brisbane, Australia).[8] He became the only Australian to ever score a century on both home and away debuts.
  • Clarke's highest test score of 168 against New Zealand 2009–10 in Wellington.
  • His best Test bowling figures of 6 for 9 (6.2) came against India, Mumbai, 2004–05.[9]
  • His first Ashes century came in December 2006, when he hit 124 at the Adelaide Oval to help Australia to victory.[10]
  • Dismissed India's last three batsman out in five balls on the fifth day of the 2nd Test against India 6 /1/2008.[11]
  • He won Australian Man of the Series in the 2009 Ashes Series. He was nominated by England team director Andy Flower for his "excellent batting".
  • He was named full-time one-day and test captain of Australia on 29 March, 2011.
An innings-by-innings breakdown of Clarke's Test match batting career, showing runs scored (red bars) and the average of the last ten innings (blue line).

Test centuries

Test Match Centuries of Michael Clarke
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year
1 151 1  India Bangalore, India M. Chinnaswamy Stadium 2004
2 141 5  New Zealand Brisbane, Australia Brisbane Cricket Ground 2004
3 124 24  England Adelaide, Australia Adelaide Oval 2006
4 135* 25  England Perth, Australia WACA 2006
5 145* 28  Sri Lanka Brisbane, Australia Brisbane Cricket Ground 2007
6 118 33  India Adelaide, Australia Adelaide Oval 2008
7 110 34  West Indies North Sound, Antigua Sir Vivian Richards Stadium 2008
8 112 38  India Delhi, India Feroz Shah Kotla 2008
9 110 41  New Zealand Adelaide, Australia Adelaide Oval 2008
10 138 44  South Africa Sydney, Australia Sydney Cricket Ground 2009
11 136 49  England London, England Lord's 2009
12 103* 50  England Birmingham, England Edgbaston 2009
13 166 58  Pakistan Hobart, Australia Bellerive Oval 2010
14 168 59  New Zealand Wellington, New Zealand Basin Reserve 2010
15 112 72  Sri Lanka Colombo, Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club Ground 2011
16 151 73  South Africa Cape Town, South Africa Newlands 2011

One-Day Internationals

  • Clarke's highest ODI batting score of 130 was made against India, at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore, 2007
  • His best ODI bowling figures of 5 for 35 came against Sri Lanka, at Dambulla, 2003–04
  • He was the captain of Australia for the 2009 One Dayers as well as Twenty20 matches vs England
  • He was named full-time one-day and test captain of Australia on 29 March, 2011.

One-Day International centuries

One Day International Match Centuries of Michael Clarke
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year
1 105* 28  Zimbabwe Harare, Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club 2004
2 103* 40  Pakistan Sydney, Australia Sydney Cricket Ground 2004
3 130 113  India Bangalore, India M. Chinnaswamy Stadium 2007
4 100* 155  Pakistan Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Sheikh Zayed Stadium 2009
5 111 179  India Visakhapatnam, India ACA-VDCA Stadium 2010
6 101 196  Bangladesh Dhaka, Bangladesh Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium 2011



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Preceded by
Ricky Ponting
Allan Border Medal winner
Succeeded by
Ricky Ponting
Preceded by
Brett Lee
Allan Border Medal winner
with Ricky Ponting

Succeeded by
Shane Watson
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Ricky Ponting
Australian national cricket captain (T20I)
Succeeded by
Cameron White
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Ricky Ponting
Australian Test cricket captains
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